(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
In accordance with a decision made by the political echelon and following security assessments of the current situation, it was decided to place a general closure on the West Bank, Jordan Valley, and Gaza Strip areas, effective Saturday morning, September 24, 2005.
The closure on the Gaza Strip and West Bank follows the launching of Kassam rockets at the Western Negev area, which began Friday afternoon (September 23) and continued throughout the night. Five Israeli civilians were wounded during the Kassam rocket attack; one of them was moderately wounded, and the additional four were lightly wounded.
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Following the launching of Kassam rockets earlier from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel, the IAF early on Saturday (September 24) attacked several structures belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, which were part of the weaponry manufacturing operation in the Gaza Strip.
Three structures, all of them used by the Hamas terrorist organization for the manufacturing and storage of weaponry, located in the Jebalyah refugee camp, in the Zeitun neighborhood, and in Gaza City, were attacked by the IAF.
The IDF earlier denied any connection to the explosion that took place on Friday evening in the Jebalyah refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip. Any attempt to blame the IDF of being responsible for the incident is baseless. Any attempt to use this incident as a pretext for attacks against Israeli civilians will be viewed with gravity by the IDF.
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In a security forces operation in the northern Gaza Strip, the IAF targeted a vehicle containing weaponry belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, and a second vehicle in which Hamas terrorists were traveling.
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On Saturday (September 24), the IDF attacked a structure belonging to the Hamas terror organization located in the Sajaiya neighborhood in Gaza City. The structure served as a training institution and is part of the Hamas Dawa establishment. The institution was founded with the initiative of Ahmed Yassin.
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In a security forces operation Saturday night (September 24) in the Gaza Strip, the IAF attacked two structures that were part of the weaponry manufacturing infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. One of the structures, located in the Jabaliya refugee camp, was used as a weaponry storage facility of the Resistance Committees terror organization. The second structure, located in Beit Hanoun, was an office of the PFLP.
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In addition, a total of 207 wanted Palestinians were arrested during the night by IDF forces in the West Bank, -11 of them in the Jenin area, 18 in the area of Tulkarm, 15 in the area of Nablus, 70 in the area of Ramallah, 31 in the area of Bethlehem, 16 in the area of Hebron, and one in the Jordan Valley.
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In a security forces operation early this morning (September 25) in the Gaza Strip, the IDF targeted four structures used by terror organizations for the manufacturing and storing of weaponry.
The following is a list of the structures targeted:
- Two structures used by the Hamas terror organization to manufacture weaponry were targeted in the cities of Gaza and Khan Yunis.
- A structure used by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade as a weaponry storage facility was targeted in the city of Rafah.
- A structure used by the PFLP for the manufacturing of mortar shells was targeted in Khan Yunis.
"The IDF began this operation two days ago and will continue it all the while that this intolerable situation of shooting persists, and until the Palestinian Authority takes full responsibility for activity within its area jurisdiction," the Head of the Operations Branch, Major General Yisrael Ziv told the media. "Our aim is to put an end to all threats of firing of Kassam rockets into Israeli territory, and for this purpose we have, according to our right, begun to use whatever means are necessary in order to achieve this. Our current aim is to fire into those areas we know to be the source of Kassam fire. It is not our intention to hurt innocent civilians, but we are, within our rights, using heavy means in order to put an end to the threat hanging over Sderot and other areas."
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Early this morning, September 26, 2005, the IDF targeted an access route in the northern Gaza Strip used by terrorists to reach the areas from which Kassam rockets are launched towards Israeli targets. This is part of the operation targeting infrastructure used by terror organizations.
The objective of targeting this route is to prevent the passage of terrorists to the launch zones located east of the town of Beit Hanun, from which they have launched repeated rocket attacks at Israeli targets.
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On September 27, 2005, the IDF targeted three access routes near Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, used by terrorists to reach the areas from which Kassam rockets are launched at Israeli targets. The objective of targeting these routes is to prevent the passage of terrorists to the launch zones, from which they have launched repeated rocket attacks at Israeli targets.
The IDF also targeted two structures in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. The structures targeted are an office used by the Fatah movement for terror activity, and a structure used by the Hamas terror organization as a money changing office.
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Early on the morning of September 28 2005, the IDF targeted three structures in the Gaza Strip - a structure used for terror activity by the PFLP terror organization in the el Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, a structure used by the Fatah organization for terror activity in the city of Gaza and a structure used by the Resistance Committees for terror activity in Tel Alhawa in the northern Gaza Strip.
In a joint IDF and Civil Administration against the infrastructure of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations, 15 offices of various Dawa organizations were sealed. The Dawa organizations were declared illegal following the financial support they provided for families of suicide bombers and imprisoned terrorists. This financial and social support provides an incentive for terrorists to carry out attacks and stems an increase of public support of these terror organizations. Under the guise of a charity association, the Dawa organizations function as system for the flow of terror funds.
Background information on Hamas training facility
(Communicated by Israeli security sources)
On Saturday night, the IAF attacked a number of structures belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip, used for the training of Hamas recruits and in order to spread Hamas influence among the local population, with the purpose of developing a future infrastructure of Hamas terrorists.
In the past few months, a field in the area has been used by Hamas terrorists as a training area.
The institution was founded by Ahmed Yassin, in 1998, as a central project of the Hamas terror organization. The funding for the institution was taken from funds belonging to the leadership of Hamas abroad, and from projects in the Persian Gulf that are associated with Hamas.
In September 2000, the institution began its activity, which was aimed at family members of Hamas terrorists, and particularly at family members of imprisoned Hamas terrorists and of terrorists who were killed while carrying out Hamas activities.
The institution was used by Yassin to hold gatherings of Hamas terrorists, in which armed terrorists often took part. In these gatherings, Yassin stated the necessity to educate the future generation of Hamas to participate in carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli targets. Yassin also headed the board of directors of the institution.
Following Yassin's death, the institution continued its activity in close relation to Hamas, including management of the organization's Dawa establishment, and fundraising in order to provide financial support for imprisoned Hamas terrorists, and for family members of terrorists who were killed while carrying out Hamas attacks.
The funds raised by the Dawa establishment have often been used to fund terrorist attacks dispatched by Hamas.